A vehicle smokes when it has an oil leak, a clogged carburettor, a leak in the coolant system or is in danger of overheating. Smoke coming from the engine or the exhaust pipe is an indication there is a problem under the hood and the vehicle needs to be serviced immediately.
Colored smoke can indicated where seals and valves are breaking down within the engine. Blue or gray smoke indicates valves and seals may be worn and leaking oil. Blue smoke can indicate faulty piston rings that should be changed. Black smoke indicates carburettor trouble or a dirty air filter. A clogged choke or leaky fuel injectors can cause black smoke to billow from the exhaust. White smoke indicates cracked head gaskets, a cracked engine block or that transmission fluid is entering the manifold. In such cases, the vacuum modulator may need to be replaced.
Smoke coming from under the hood suggests a larger mechanical issue. The experts at How Stuff Works state, "If the smoke is coming from under your hood, that probably means you ignored white smoke coming out of the tailpipe, and now your engine is overheating." Regular maintenance and preventative measures help keep the engine in smoke-free, working order.Learn More
Blue or gray smoke coming from an exhaust pipe indicates either an oil leak or piston wear. Typically, oil leaks pass the seals and get into the engine cylinder. From there, they come into contact with gasoline and burns, producing blue smoke. When oil leaks into the cylinder, it produces rough idle, misfires and could affect the spark plugs, according to CarsDirect.Full Answer >
Although a cracked exhaust manifold does not directly cause danger, it can indirectly be dangerous, as the issues it causes makes a car unfit to drive. Effects include increased engine emissions, poor vehicle performance and damage to an engine's components.Full Answer >
To fix an oil leak in a car, find the source of the leak, check the oil pan gasket and repair the leak as appropriate. Fixing an oil leak in a car takes a minimum of an hour and requires a car jack, jack stands and wrenches. A stop leak additive may be necessary, depending on the cause of the leak.Full Answer >
An average sedan is just under 73 inches wide not including side-view mirrors. Side-view mirrors add up to 10 inches to the overall width. For example, a 2015 Ford Fusion measures 75.2 inches wide with the side mirrors folded and 83.5 inches with them open.Full Answer >